Graduation Checklist: 15 Things You Need to Remember on Your Graduation Day




It’s your graduation and you’re finally taking a step toward your plans for the future. Whether it’s post graduate studies, a job at the company you love, or trips to places you’ve long been dreaming to visit, graduation marks the beginning of that new journey for you.

Of course you’re excited! But…

Too much excitement also makes you forget things. And forgetting things on your graduation day can be a total disaster if you don’t have a backup plan up your sleeve. You can’t allow that to happen, can you?

Today, Gradshop provides you a checklist of the things you need to remember on your graduation day. Check them out  and see if you’ve got them all covered.

1. Don’t be late.

It’s a rule of thumb for all kinds of event. May it be birthdays, weddings or parties, being early is a gesture of respect and appreciation to the host. This graduation, make sure you arrive at the venue ahead of time to catch the finishing instructions from your graduation marshal.

The ceremony will commence whether you’re there or not, so better not ruin your big day and be early!

2. Don’t forget to register.

Some, if not all, schools require students to register at a certain counter or booth before admission into the graduation hall. Ask your graduation marshal about your admission details and make sure you register yourself.

It may just be another one of those routine formalities but having your presence officially recorded for a special event such as a graduation is still worth the effort of showing up and being counted, as there can only so many opportunities to do so in your lifetime.

3. Graduation ceremonies could last for over an hour.

Depending on your school commencement traditions which might require pre-graduation rituals like group photographs, the average graduation ceremony lasts for over an hour. With this in mind, make sure to take care of all your basic necessities like getting hydrated and going to the restroom prior to the start of the program.

A graduation ceremony is a solemn event. Don’t ruin the mood by going out now and then just to get or do something.

4. No alcohol and smoking on, before or after the graduation ceremony.

Booze and loud music can wait for later, but while in the campus prepping for your graduation processional, it’s best to refrain from smoking, or much more, drinking alcohol.

Why? Well, people at the ceremony surely wouldn’t like to smell smoke and alcohol around them, and neither would you when you go up to receive your diploma. Besides, you can always have some if not more of it during your after-party with your friends and family.

5. Be sure to wear your ‘complete’ academic regalia.

Forget your phone but never your academic regalia and the accessories that come with it. You might not have another shot in wearing them so make sure you wear them all right.

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6. Adhere with your school’s requirement on proper accessories and decorations.

While some schools allow its students to place brooch or corsage in their graduation gown, there are some like the Arkansas Tech University who doesn’t allow any accessories to accompany the students’ graduation cap & gown other than the school’s honor cord.

Be sure to know what accessories your school allows you to have. Are pins okay? How about necklaces? Or braids?

7. Wear comfortable clothes under your graduation regalia.

Needless to say, wearing something comfortable under your graduation regalia is a must. Yes it’s not the highlight of your attire, but unless you’re comfortable wearing it, having your graduation gown on top might cause you discomfort.

Your Sunday’s best may be your best pick. Also, for girls who plan to march up the stage on their three-inch heels (or four, five?), think twice. Unless you’re used  to wearing high-heeled shoes, flats or an inch high shoes is recommended.

Remember no. 3? I’m sure you wouldn’t want to feel uncomfortable while the celebration is going on.

8. Turn off your cell phones or place it on a silent mode.

The last thing you would wish to happen on your graduation day is to draw all unwanted attention to your place just because your phone seemed to have wired itself to cut off all speech in favor of its loud ringing.

It’s not just impolite. It’s embarrassing. And though you’d want to have the most memorable experience on your graduation, that surely doesn’t involve embarrassing yourself in front of everyone.

So don’t risk getting caught in this kind of situation and turn your phone off or switch them to silent mode. Or better yet, leave it to a family member.

9. Don’t forget to bring the tickets for your family and guests.

Unlike students who just need to register their names to get inside the graduation hall, parents and guests may need tickets that will serve as their passes on the venue.

Make sure to bring the tickets (if you have it) or remind them to bring it on your graduation day. Remember, unless they have it, they can’t get in. So if you don’t want them to miss your day, then remind them.

10. Follow the instructions  of your graduation marshal.

Graduation marshals are faculty members who volunteer to assist the smooth flow of your graduation day. They are briefed on the entire program flow and knows exactly the details of the ceremony.

Marshals give you final reminders before the processional so better follow no. 1 if you don’t want to miss anything.

11. Follow your seating arrangement.

Your seating arrangement is predetermined days before your graduation day and during your rehearsal, you’ll get to see a clearer picture on how it will look like.

Following your seating arrangement is easy. Once you’re all lined-up for the processional, remember who is standing in front and at your back. They will be the same persons who’ll be sitting on your left and right during graduation.

12. Leave your valuables like purses, keys, or gifts to your family members or guests.

It’s a very big no-no to bring things with you (aside from your phone on a silent mode) while you march to your position during graduation.

Just imagine how awkward you would look like as you enter the graduation hall with a purse on your left hand and a gift on the other. You’ll not only ruin the sharp and smart look of your graduation regalia. You’ll also appear clumsy and less confident – minus points to looking your best on graduation day.

13. Ask your family members or guests to refrain from yelling or shouting while the ceremony is going on.

In as much as everyone likes to express their congratulations on your success, it wouldn’t be so pleasant if it ends up distracting the solemnity of the ceremony.

Ask your family members and guests to refrain from being loud while the event is going on. They can clap after all names of graduates are called. Of course they’re also free to shout. Just make sure they do it after the event, outside the graduation hall.

Remember that you’re not the only person inside. Practice consideration for others who might be treating the ceremony with utmost solemnity.

14. Use of horns, and other noise makers that can disrupt the ceremony is discouraged.

If shouts and yells are discouraged, so as horns and other noise makers. As I mentioned, graduation is a solemn event. Let’s save the cheers for the later part of the program and focus on the awarding rites.

15. Ask in advance about parking spaces.

If you’re bringing a car on graduation, which is most likely the case for the majority, it’s best to ask about the details of the parking spaces days before the event. Not only will this save you some time looking for vacant spaces on the actual day but will also allow you to check on other alternatives should the available places be filled out already when you arrive on the event.

Ask your marshal or perhaps the people in charge of program and security. It’s always best to know the basics.

So, get ready for your big day. Double check your list and make sure you don’t forget anything.

Congratulations and enjoy your graduation!



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Colors of Honor: A Complete Guide for Honor Societies


Being part of an honor society is a prestige and pride you carry for the rest of your life. Membership does not only connote the privilege of belonging to an exclusive circle of like-minded peers, it also connotes excellence and conformity to the high ideals of a particular honor society.

The perks of being an honor society member include access to exclusive resources, lessons and other secrets to success. Not to mention the knowledge of the society’s rich history, the bond formed through social activities and the huge network of connections you’ll acquire afterwards.

The prestige you bring with  should nonetheless be shown on graduation day. To express it, certain colors to be used in graduation accessories like stoles and cords are set for each society.

This is a color guide provided by the Association of College Honor Society (ACHS):


Advice on Becoming a Member of an Honor Society:

Generally, you do not apply for membership; you get invited. To be considered, you must at least attract an honor society’s attention.

Most honor societies choose their members on the basis of academic standing and student leadership. Students that are seen to be future leaders and are the cream of the crop are mostly the ones who are invited to become members.

So, if you want to become part of one of your school’s most elite groups (often, there are several), don’t count on getting invited. Just do your best to exemplify high ideals and academic achievement, an invitation will likely be forthcoming.


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A History of the Academic Regalia: A Timeline


We have grown accustomed to the attire we wear on graduation day. The gown, cap, tassel, hood, and stole are more or less considered the basics of academic regalia. They have so much become a part of the commencement day tradition that we hardly ask why or how they have come to be so.

While it may be true that the academic regalia we wear today are rooted in tradition, you may not actually know the exact story of how it came to be. Prepare to get your mind blown while we take you on a history tour with a timeline of how our modern academic regalia came to be.


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How to Look Good On Your Yearbook Photo


Taking your yearbook photo is a bit exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Who wouldn’t want to look  good on the yearbook, right? You don’t want to be remembered as that awkward kid who equally looked goofy on it too.

To prepare you for the perfectly captured moment, Gradshop shares these tips on how to project yourself in front of the camera and look dashingly good on your yearbook.

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1.) Know what angle of your face works best for you.

Studies tell us that the left side of our face is the more good-looking one compared to the right side. Well, we’re not totally against the study, but there may be exceptions.

To check which angle works best for you, practice smiling and posing in front of the mirror or better yet, take selfies on your camera or phone and observe which ones look best. While doing that, remember to:

Pose or take pictures on both angles of your face, so you can see which side is the best.Remember to not slouch or cower your shoulders.Don’t tilt your head downwards, your neck should be stiff and still while your chin is tilted a bit to the right/left (to see which angle really works best for you).2.) Practice the right Facial expression.

Remember that we are taking this photo for a yearbook. Don’t go for a wacky face, duck face or even a pouty look or a smug look. Just look natural and formal, wear a curt smile- like Mona Lisa!

To smile with teeth exposed… or not?

It depends on what you’re comfortable with. To know which one works for you, it’s best to practice smiling in front of the mirror or while taking photos on your phone or camera too!

Practice doing different kinds of smiles.It’s best to take photos of each type of smile so you can review and choose which one looks best for the yearbook!

What If I have braces?

You can still put on your best smile even with braces! But if you don’t want them to be immortalized in your yearbook, you can always opt for a smile that’s not showing off your teeth (and braces!).

3.) Pick out the right top.

Yearbook photos are usually taken as portrait shots, and portrait shots usually include the shoulder part wherein your tee can be seen. What you’re wearing doesn’t really matter, but if it looks overly ridiculous, then you might be forever remembered for it as a major fashion faux pas.

To pick the right top for your yearbook photo, choose:

A sleeved top or blouse—remember that taking a yearbook photo calls for formality, and wearing sleeveless tops won’t achieve you that look.Pick the right-colored one—blending too well with the background color may make you look like a floating head, so pick a top that will definitely pop out, but make sure it isn’t too patterned or multi-colored. A simple, plain-colored top will do. 4.) Be ready with the right hair and make-up.

No, this isn’t like Prom. So there’s no need to look overly elegant when it comes to hair and make-up, but a little fix can go a long way.

For your hair:

Comb or brush your hair thoroughly, make sure they’ll look neat.You can use hairpins to arrange your hair more neatly.For girls, it’s best to stick with down-do hairstyles or a half-up, half-down hairstyle.For boys, just make sure your hair looks slick and neat!

For your face:

No need for heavy make-up, just some powder and blush-on (for girls).Boys may need to apply some powder too.A light lipstick and gloss will do.Applying some mascara is also good if you want to emphasize those lashes!If you are worried about your oily face, you can apply some mattifying lotion on your T-zone.5.) A few things to remember before the shot.

Remove unnecessary accessories like earrings and necklace. It may draw more attention than your face!Remember to maintain good posture when taking the shot- sit erect, keep your neck still and elongate it a bit, and tilt your chin in the right angle.Don’t blink!Of course, don’t forget to smile!]]>

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Graduation Speeches: The Perfect Topic


26_ndperiscoper_DE_1498803eGraduating at the top of your class is truly a feat for anyone! Your fellow classmates will look up to you. Your teachers will admire you.

But then, you’d have to deliver a graduation speech which you will present to a wide audience. So how do you go about this? Below are some speech topics you can write about:

1.      Goals for the future

As we all pass through the portals towards a new life ahead of us, we always have to set goals and objectives for tomorrow. By that, give an inspirational speech reminding your fellow graduates about planning ahead on what they ought to do with their lives in order to live with fulfillment.

2.      Past experiences and memories

We’ve all had our memorable moments, there’s no denying that. How about you tell stories to your fellow graduates? Happy times, bittersweet memories, possibly that time when you and some friends almost got suspended for petty mischief—just priceless.

3.      Looking back to your roots

We often lose our way as we go on with our lives. As such, it is important to remind your fellow graduates to look back and remember those who’ve made you all into what you are today. After all, we wouldn’t be able to graduate, had we not been molded into what we are, would we?

4.      Rising from failures

Failures are inevitable in life. It is important to be reminded of how failures can be very precious learning experiences. Perhaps even more important is the message of how we ought not to dwell in our failures and to rise up and move on instead. And that’s how we attain the many goals we have set for the future.

Now as you go on creating the perfect graduation speech, be open to other topic ideas that are likely to inspire your fellow graduates as well. There really are no right and wrong topics, as long as your speech contributes to making the occasion even more memorable. So go for it! After all, you can’t fail—even if you try!


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How is the Job Market for Students?


job-market-e1340159268824The current state of employment is quite the issue nowadays, ever since the financial crisis hit the global economy hard.

What are the things you need to know about the job market? Well, there are certain trends which are affecting the state of jobs today. Below are the following things you need to know.

1.       Companies continually retract and expand

You may be surprised as to why companies continually hire employees when a few months ago, some were being let go. This is a bold strategy by any business. In order to cut costs, employees are often retrenched. Once the return on investment becomes higher, the demand for new hires increases as well—considering the company has already become larger.

2.       It is important to act as a novice

You can’t just rise up the corporate ladder right away. You have to start small. Don’t be afraid—it’s not as if it’s as bad as you think it is. You’ll learn several skills early on, which you’ll then be able to use later. So don’t be too choosy and be patient.

3.       Take into account having a proper mindset

This means that you should also be adaptable to the current environment you’re in. When things change, you should also be able to adapt to change accordingly. Remember that the approach, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” doesn’t exactly fare well in this case. So don’t be afraid—change is constant.

4.       You’ll learn essential negotiation skills as you go by

Talents like you are very difficult to find. That’s why a lot of companies are after you. If you’re not satisfied with the current state of your career, you will be compelled to negotiate for better compensation and the like. In the current state of the market, your skills in negotiation will drastically be honed.

If you’re graduating and venturing into the real world, remember that what is important is that you already have the necessary skills to go forth with whatever career path you choose.


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